Belltower and Steeple

  • Advertise with us
Project by blacknail posted 10-26-2010 06:00 AM 1594 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
Belltower and Steeple
Belltower and Steeple No picture No picture No picture No picture No picture
Zoom Pictures

This is my local country church. A church in town had decided to donate their old bell to us and we went to work installing it. At first, we thought it would be a no brainer, but lugging that 200 lb bell up there was quite the challenge. After that was time to enclose it and after some figuring, I came up with the steeple and cross. Thought it was downhill from there, but again, lugging the steeple up there was another challenge. You would know that today, the day the preacher and I decided to install it, we would have winds in excess of 40 mph. We decided to use the steeple as a time capsule that church members can place items/notes/pics in to be found by a later generation.

The bell alone was loud, but we decided to see if we could give it a bit more volume by experimenting with the steeple. We built it of plywood then used resin & fiberglass to cover it. Now when the bell is rung, that steeple acts like a resonation box that indeed makes it louder. We were considering using some sort of louvre for the faces of the bellhousing, but are leaning toward making it in the same fashion as the steeple with wood and fiberglass, cut in soundholes on all four sides and see if we can get more volume once again.

-- Darrell B.

8 comments so far

View Abbott's profile


2570 posts in 4364 days

#1 posted 10-26-2010 07:23 AM

That is quite the job/chore. I bet it did take some effort to get that done. Good idea on increasing the decibels of the bell with a resonating chamber. Good stuff!

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

View Splinterman's profile


23074 posts in 4421 days

#2 posted 10-26-2010 08:42 AM

Hey Blacknail,
Really cool job…well done.

View tdv's profile


1203 posts in 4130 days

#3 posted 10-26-2010 09:51 AM

Whoa! that’s a big boys project, nice job though

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

View Jamie Speirs's profile

Jamie Speirs

4168 posts in 3917 days

#4 posted 10-26-2010 12:24 PM

That is a really nice job.
Like the fact that you could amplify the bell.
Have older bells got a better soun?

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

View rivergirl's profile


3201 posts in 3898 days

#5 posted 10-26-2010 02:11 PM

Interesting about the fiberglass resin and sound. As for the faces of the bell housing- I think the standard white louvres would look so pretty. :)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

View MichaelA's profile


778 posts in 3948 days

#6 posted 11-07-2010 05:39 AM

Nice job Blacknail sounds like your getting it tuned in!

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

View a1Jim's profile


118161 posts in 4637 days

#7 posted 11-07-2010 06:49 AM

View blacknail's profile


153 posts in 3865 days

#8 posted 11-15-2010 09:35 AM

Your idea won out Rivergirl. We tried a few different things, but wound up putting the louvres on. We messed around with the angle of the louvres and come up with one that has just enough pitch to shed water, but still throws the sound out. We’ve discovered a lot about adjusting sound on this project.

-- Darrell B.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics